It's a wide ol' cosmos out there and Disney's ever-growing Star Wars franchise has proved there's plenty more to explore. From the heady days of George Lucas' original trilogy to his maligned prequels, the concluding trilogy of Skywalker Saga movies to the mixed-bag of Solo: A Star Wars Story, that galaxy far, far away is more popular than ever.
While fans thought Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the most divisive entry in the Skywalker Saga since Attack of the Clones, that was nothing compared to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Despite criticisms the ninth (and final) entry was thrown together as a desecration of the franchise, one potential Easter egg confirms it was more than just Babu Frik and creepy kisses.
The Star Wars saga is one of the most recognizable and lore-filled science fiction brands in existence. It spans four decades and has a committed fan base making it unlikely to slow down any time soon.
In May 1999 I saw a movie that would profoundly change my life. That movie was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It came out at the perfect time in my life like the film's protagonist Anakin Skywalker, I was 9 years old.
The world is getting ready for another adventure from our favourite galaxy in the universe. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest in the spin-off anthology film series, following the escapades of a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Production of the film has been rife with turmoil, but in the competent hands of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, we can hope for something spectacular.
I don't like Star Wars. That's the crux of this article, pretty much. Just by the title alone, you have already formed an opinion on me. That is the power of Star Wars, the proof of the immense reach that this franchise has on popular culture. If anything, Star Wars is the rare kind of beast that transcends popular culture and simply becomes part of every day life. It is a completely unavoidable, unstoppable, unkillable monstrosity and I do not care for it.
This is it folks, my final confession before the apocalypse: I hate Star Wars.
I'm sure you've all probably heard of The Mandalorian by now. Guessing from the timeliness of this review you can probably guess that I'm not necessarily a huge Star Wars geek but I have seen all the movies. This series has been the talk of the town for quite some time. My friends have told me that I had to watch it but I never got around to getting Disney plus.
**Important Note: I wrote this in December 2019, weeks before Star Wars Episode 9 premiered. Episode 8 was trending at the time and everyone wanted to share their opinions. A majority did so in an aggressive manner. It drove passionate feelings out of me, and I wanted to say something, so I wrote this and posted it on Facebook. But I felt strongly that I should share it elsewhere, whether people like it or not. Please enjoy!
Recently StarWars.com released an excerpt from the upcoming novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson, which will be expanding on the film in various ways going as far to include deleted scenes which we will no doubt see when the film releases on digital, blu-ray, and invevitbaly streaming on Disney+. This is very similar to what was done with Star Wars: The Last Jedi's novelization as it included some of the deleted scenes from the film, therefore canonizing those scenes. The author Rae Carson of the novelization even noted on Twitter that the novel she is writing is longer than the theatrically released film by a half hour.
I don’t watch the Oscars. I think they are mostly a waste of time and really are nothing more than an experiment in mass onanism. It’s really just an excuse for a group of people to come together to cheer each other on because millions of dollars and houses in the South of France isn’t enough to fill that hole inside them.